Faculty Advisor

Spanagel, David I.


Town-owned land along the Nashua River in Lancaster, Massachusetts requires some work in order to reinvigorate public access and utilization. Our group worked with volunteers and town officials to accomplish a series of specific goals to address this situation. Top priorities included: a boundary survey of the Cook Conservation Area; an accurate map of the existing trail system; and an investigation into the history of land use in the parcel. This report details how we accomplished all of these goals through repeated visits to the area using GPS equipment and GIS software, gathering and interpreting primary and secondary source materials, and conducting interviews with significant participants in the movement to restore the river’s ecosystem.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts